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A visit to New Orleans' historic French Quarter would not be complete without a stop at Jackson Square, which is where you will find the Cabildo. This elegant Spanish colonial building neighbors St. Louis Cathedral and houses many rare artifacts of...more
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701 Chartres St, New Orleans, LA 70130
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This is the governing council building whether under Spanish rule, French or American. The Cabildo is in Jackson Square right beside St. Louis Cathedral. This is the building where the Louisiana Purchase was signed in 1803. It’s also historic because it houses the death masks...More

Date of experience: January 2019
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Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a small museum. However, the second floor material covering the Battle of New Orleans was interesting.

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank MarkTakesOff
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Great visit with grandchildren to this museum. They were interested in Mardi Gras exhibit. However, adults enjoyed the whole exhibit. Be prepared to spend a good bit of time if interested in Louisiana and New Orleans history. A must see for visitors as well as...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank raybW9030VC
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is a great museum to give you a better idea of the history of New Orleans. It's a very diverse museum, which fits New Orleans perfectly. The location makes it an easy detour for your day and the price is great as well. Would...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Lauren S
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We enjoyed looking around this interesting museum that deals with the history of New Orleans. Price isn't bad

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Catherine S
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

After we finished St Louis Cathedral we decided to visit this museum we got the 2 museum package. We really enjoyed reading about the history and so worth the visit. This is also a good rainy day activity.

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank ErisShaw
Reviewed December 18, 2018

I thought that my visit would be short one but it is worth a visit and so interesting and informative that you'll end up staying longer.

Date of experience: December 2018
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Reviewed December 15, 2018

Spent well over an hour reading and looking at the displays. It was easy to navigate with a wheelchair too. The staff was very knowledgeable and helpful. I bought the ticket package for the Cabildo and Presbytere and was happy to have done so.More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Rocket R
LA_State_Museum, Manager at Cabildo, responded to this reviewResponded December 18, 2018

Glad you enjoyed your visit! As you mentioned, we offer 20% off when purchasing tickets for more than 1 of our museums - we currently have four in New Orleans that this applies to: the Cabildo, the Presbytere, the 1850s House and the New Orleans...More

Reviewed December 9, 2018 via mobile

My husband and I decided to take a tour of our own city on a semi-cold day. We headed down to join the Cabildo 2 hour French Quarter walking tour. The woman guide was so knowledgeable and kept everyone’s interest answering any questions with thorough...More

Date of experience: November 2018
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Reviewed November 29, 2018 via mobile

Spend an hour to visit the Cabildo and learn about New Orleans and Louisiana history--past and present. Initially built after a devastating fire by the Spanish from 1795-1799, the Louisiana Purchase transfer ceremonies occurred here in 1803. The purchase doubled the size of the United...More

Date of experience: November 2018
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story. Perpetually inebriated Bourbon Street runs
across its midriff like a strand of cheap ribbon tied
around an otherwise rather pretty and impressively
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January 26, 2017|
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Response from Marvin M | Property representative |
Hi, Thank you so much for your interest in the Cabildo. While the Cabildo does not have a gift shop, the 1850 House Museum does! The 1850 House museum is in the Lower Pontalba building on Jackson Square only steps away from... More
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November 9, 2016|
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Response from eringall4 | Reviewed this property |
I think you could spend 3 hours and really take your time or just move quickly through and not read every little thing for about an hour.
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Omaha, Nebraska
New Orleans Oct 2007 trip report (1 Replies)
Just got back Sat from NOLA. Great time! We flew in the previous Saturday and took a cab to the Place d'Armes Hotel on St. Anne Street in the Quarter. Cab ride only $29 and plenty at the airport right outside baggage claim. The hotel...room 224...avoid it. We saw other and much nicer rooms. We paid alot for that room and thought it would be nicer. It did face a small courtyard but also a brick wall of another building. You had to climb very narrow, steep dark stairs to get to it. No...More
October 07, 2007|
Response fromPDXWindJammer|
Thank you so much for posting your report! We head to NOLA on Thursday! Can't wait to eat gumbo and oysters every day! :-)
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Presbytere (12 Replies)
Hi All Count down is on! Looking at also finding interesting things to do indoors to take a break from the heat. Thinking of going to Presbytere. Cerelife indicated in her TR (thank you) that it was pretty interesting see the Katrina exhibit. It also looks like they have a permanment Mardi Gras display. Just wondering if anyone else has been recently and should we consider this. Also how does the Cabildo tie in? Is it a completely different museum? Should we visit both? Is one better then...More
June 23, 2011|
Response frommaestrette|
We visited the Presbytere earlier in the month and really enjoyed it. The Katrina exhibit is very well done, and the Mardi Gras exhibit had a lot of cool stuff. The Cabildo is a separate museum. I believe it is more focused on Louisiana history.
"Walkable" Hotels? (13 Replies)
Hey all! First time to NOLA & going with a friend. I'm wonderfully cheap & not a big partier so I would like to get a hotel on the edge of the French Quarter, I'm thinking maybe CBD/Warehouse area. But this being our first time in NOLA we would still like to do some of the "touristy" stuff in the Quarter--Jackson Square, French Market, Cafe du Monde, Napleon's, the Cabildo, etc. Also like to see some live music at night--in the Quarter and/or on Frenchman Street. How realistic is...More
April 19, 2017|
Response fromnovember_moon|
Yes, you can walk back to hotels in that area, but maybe take an Uber or taxi if it's particularly late. Any particular reason that you don't want to stay in the FQ itself? Being in the FQ seems the most convenient for the things you want to do and see.